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September 2019

Service Bus + Terraform

By |2019-09-17T14:03:57+00:00September 17th, 2019|Azure, Service Bus|

I have worked with Azure Service Bus for years and one of the biggest challenges was always how to manage change on the Queues and Topics within a Service Bus Namespace. You could use a tool like Service Bus Explorer to manually make the changes, but this approach is manual and error prone. You can do exports and imports of configuration but a bit like managing SQL Script changes it’s tough to work out the delta and deploy just what’s needed to your various environments. If only there was a way to do this just like you do for any other Azure component [...]

July 2019

March 2019

User Groups and Community in and around the North East

By |2019-03-31T18:49:28+00:00March 31st, 2019|Azure|

In 2019 I decided to try and get out and about a bit more and to start exploring what there is these days in terms of IT community around the local area.  Newcastle Power BI User Group The Power BI user group is a new group started in 2019 and is ran by some of the guys from the team at NCFE.  They are also heavily involved with the data platform user group but have recognised there is an opportunity to reach a wider audience by branching out into the business super user community too. The first event I went [...]

February 2019

Integration Playbook

By |2019-02-27T13:09:15+00:00February 26th, 2019|Azure, BizTalk, Integration Playbook, Logic App|

I have just launched the Integration Playbook which I have had in mind for a few years but only recently got around to doing. The idea is a community resource aimed at Architects, CTO and Leads. The resource will provide information, guidance and insights around common architecture and integration topics and relate them to the Microsoft technology stack. Where do I use which technologyHow does Microsoft relate to this IT or architecture topicHow can integration architecture help me be successful with Microsoft technologiesWhat can I do with technology XHow does technology X compare to technology Y The above are the [...]

January 2019

Azure AD Set Passwords to Not Expire

By |2019-01-15T00:30:22+00:00January 15th, 2019|Azure, Powershell|

This blog post is more of a reminder for myself as much as anything. I had a need to mark some service accounts in Azure AD so that their passwords dont expire. The aim was that we had a few service accounts used in a couple of places and we wanted to have a controlled process to change their passwords. To do this we did the following: Create a group to store associate all of the service accounts for our project for easy managementAdd all of the service accounts to that groupRun a script which will check every member of [...]

November 2018

Setting up Function Apps via Powershell

By |2018-11-15T14:06:43+00:00November 15th, 2018|Azure, Functions|

This post is really a note to self and if its useful to anyone else then great!  If your wanting to script setting up many Azure Function Apps then you may find this useful. I had a task to create a bunch of function apps in different resource groups and locations to support a project.  I have created the below powershell script to help me do this.  The script assumed your resource groups are already setup and then does the following: Connects to your subscription Gets the resource group Creates an AppInsight instance Creates a storage account Gets the key [...]

March 2018

Powershell to setup Azure AD B2C Guests as users in CRM

By |2018-03-05T22:30:20+00:00March 5th, 2018|Azure, CRM|

Imagine a scenario where you want to add guest users from another Azure AD tenant to your own tenant so that they can use your CRM instance.  This could be a B2B collaboration story or it could also be a story of mergers and acqusitions. In this case we have a business with a parent and 2 child organisations.  The parent organisation is creating a CRM solution and workers from the 2 child organisations will all work together processing customer cases. All organisations have Office 365 and the like so we are probably starting with a diagram like the below. [...]

Building Better Web Apps with Logic Apps and Signal R

By |2018-03-04T23:44:25+00:00March 4th, 2018|Azure, Logic App, SignalR|

In this article I would like to discuss a pattern I've implemented recently where we could improve the user experience in a web app through the use of Logic Apps and Signal-R. Lets imagine we have a scenario at Acme University. They have built a super Student Portal building using and Azure. The home page for this app will require some authentication probably against Azure AD and once logged in the student will be presented with a home page which is likely to contain lots of widgets with information targeted at them specifically. Its imaginable that the home page [...]

Azure Functions and SpecFlow

By |2018-03-02T23:58:52+00:00March 2nd, 2018|Azure, Functions|

Anyone who follows my blog will know I am a big fan of Specflow for testing components. We usually use SpecFlow to compliment normal unit testing with some automated integration tests which combine the idea of "Does the component behave like we expect it to" with the opportunity to have some tested documentation describing the component behaviour. Ive used Specflow for years when testing Web API and WCF Services and I was keen to use Specflow when coding Azure Functions within Visual Studio. The main thing that is different between the types of service I mentioned earlier and functions is [...]

No protocol binding matches the given address Error with WCF on Azure Web Apps

By |2019-04-12T09:51:24+00:00March 2nd, 2018|Azure, Azure App Service, Uncategorized|

Recently we had an issue with a WCF service hosted on Azure App Service. This lead to an interesting troubleshooting scenario which I thought would be interesting to share. The experience showed some of the opportunities of cloud and some of the challenges at the same time so I thought it would be interesting to share this. The Scenario The scenario we had was similar to one of the patterns for Service Bus Relay you can use the relay as a secure channel between data centres. While our scenario was slightly more complex the below diagram shows a common implementation [...]

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